Originally composed for four Oregon theater productions, these selections have all been adapted so they can stand firmly, I hope, on their own two musical feet. My thanks to Ben Krywosz, Rick Zimmer, Patrick Torelle, Connor Kerns and all the other creative directors who understand how music always tells a story. All selections composed and realized by Peter Armetta, copyright 2009.
I can't seem to get this site to renumber the tracks, but here is how I intended to order them:
from Wings by Arthur Kopit
- Emily's Last Flight
The play takes place in the eyes, ears and mind of Emily, who has suffered a devastating stroke but who once walked on the wings of airplanes in flight. Cinematic epic style with French Horns, Tubular Bells, and a large Gong.
from No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
- Let's Get On With It
The three unhappy protagonists have finally discovered that, "Hell is other people." (In other words, us!) Stuck together forever, they begin doing the only thing they can do. Synth sounds with solo strings.
from Antigone by Jean Anouilh
A re-telling of the story of Oedipus' daughter, who, forbidden to piously bury her dead brother, defies a king.
The day of Antigone's destiny is at hand. Just now she has been out in the fields and gardens while the rest of the city was still asleep. Synth and ethnic sounds, including a Greek Bouzouki.
- In a Great Pool of Blood
The Messenger must relate a grim and bloody tale, the outcome of King Creon's edict. Antigone has hanged herself, and Creon's son Haemon, her fiance, has stabbed himself before his father's eyes. Synth and ethnic sounds.
- She Has Played Her Part
"A great melancholy wave of peace descends upon the city of Thebes." Synths, Bouzouki and Alto Flute.
from The Tempest by William Shakespeare
These two selections were originally sung by Shakespeare's characters, accompanied by Harp and Recorders.
- Full Fathom Five
At her master Prospero's bidding, the spirit Ariel seeks out the ship-wrecked mariners. Invisibly singing, she leads Ferdinand deeper into the interior of the enchanted island...where he will meet Miranda. Clarinet and French Horn take Ariel's melody.
- Honor, Riches
Later, when everything is about to be made well, the Goddesses Juno and Ceres are guests of honor at the wedding of Ferdinand and Miranda. A solemn but joyful marriage dance for Strings and Bassoons.